From Our Kitchen To Yours
We’re honored to have an award-winning culinary program at Willow Valley Communities. Together, our amazing team of chefs create unique and delicious senior living dining menus for our campus’ 12 culinary venues. We’re excited to share some of those great dishes with you.
Featured Chef: Chef Manny Martinez
Featured Recipe: A Seasonal Fall Meal
About Chef Manny:
Chef Manny Martinez has been with Willow Valley Communities for over 8 years and has over16 years of experience in the culinary field. He graduated in the top of his class with Dean’s List honors in 2009 from Yorktowne Business Institute earning his Associates Degree in Specialized Arts. He also received the Michael David Hostetter Memorial Award for Culinary Excellence, the School’s most prestigious award which is given out to just one student every two years.
It was as early as in high school where Manny learned that he could express his creativity through cooking. “This is where my passion and love for cooking really took flight and I found my passion,” he remembers. Manny adds that it was his father’s love of food and his mother’s strong work ethic that stuck with him throughout his life, directing his career choice. “I believe food does more than just fill our stomachs and give us energy,” he says. “I get the most satisfaction knowing I have an opportunity to create lasting memories and experiences that stretch much further than the dining room table.”
Chef Manny’s Fall Meal
Itching to cook along with Chef Manny? Click the button below to download recipe cards with ingredients and directions for decadent pork chops, brown sugar pecan compound butter, mashed sweet potatoes, and the perfect roasted Brussels Sprouts.